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Great report, Dede.

The one section that is weak is recommendations. As long as money plays any role in politics, we'll be making decisions according to who profits in the short-term rather than according to what is best for the state in the long-term. Trying to regulate money is almost impossible, since it arrives in many forms-- campaign contributions, gifts, sweetheart deals, employment later on... the list is endless.

Our real protection against corruption is to ensure that everyone receives genuinely proportional representation. That means changing the character of the legislature by public finance of campaigns and by making the Lege a job that pays a decent salary. It means training people who are poor and disadvantaged to serve in public office. And above all, it means affirming the fact that we all do best when we act to help one another than when we fight for scraps.

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